A full three days after she raced, Emerald AC’s Sarah Lavin has won Ireland’s second medal of these European Games. Lavin was awarded the bronze medal for the 100m Hurdles upon completion of the final Division 1 event schedule at the European Athletics Team Championships in Poland.
Despite having raced on Wednesday morning, Lavin’s impressive time of 12.82 was fast enough to earn the Emerald A.C athlete a podium place. Her time is the second fastest of her career; just 0.03s off the personal best she clocked at the European Championships in Munich last Summer.
Gold went to home favourite Pia Skrzyszowska (Poland) who ran a time of 12.77sec, while Nadine Visser (The Netherlands) took silver in 12.81sec. Both athletes competed in the Division One race in Krakow this afternoon.
France’s Laeticia Bapté also clocked a time of 12.82 in the Division One race but Lavin’s time was faster by a very important one thousandth of a second. The twenty-nine-year-old Irish sprinter is notably the first athlete who won a Division Three race to take an athletics medal at these Games.
She gave her reaction upon hearing the news; “I’m so so happy! I’ve dreamt of winning this, winning a major senior medal since I was a kid. It’s a really strange way to do it – to have that run by myself the other day and to have to play that waiting game to watch all the best from every country compete against each other. Division two was really stacked, and again division one today right to the wire.”
Referring to her support team, and her late partner Craig Breen Lavin said: “I’ve had incredibly special people helping me over the last few months, over last years, but ultimately I think someone very special up there is helping me…they like the drama obviously today to bring it right one thousandth of a second, to get that bronze when the best were there.
“It’s for everybody; Jackie, Ray, Kellie, Darragh and Bobbie; my own family and extended family and of course my coach Noelle…thank you so so much. I dreamt this day probably a little differently but I’ll remember it forever.”, concluded the European Games medallist.
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